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There’s no such thing as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ vacation — especially on Perfect Day® at CocoCay®. Whether your ideal beach getaway involves larger-than-life thrills or unwinding at a peaceful waterfront chill spot, you’ll find there’s no right or wrong way to make the most out of your adventure when you hop onboard the best CocoCay cruises. 

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Max out your relaxation with endless ways to chill. Jam to DJ spun beats with a signature Coco Loco from the bustling swim-up bar at Oasis Lagoon. Wind down shoreside in a private cabana at Chill Island®. Level up your lounge game along the infinity pool at Coco Beach Club®. Or let loose at the ultimate beach party just for adults on the new Hideaway Beach℠.

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Turn up the thrills like never before. Here, Thrill Waterpark® puts adventure in the fast lane with shriek-inducing slides and rushing tides. You can soar up to 450 feet high in a helium balloon for island views in every direction. And get your adrenaline fix ziplining across the sunny, blue sky.

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Perfect Day at CocoCay offers loads of options to fuel up in between adventures. From mouthwatering Caribbean-style bites at Chill Grill to irresistible chicken sandwiches at Snack Shack, there’s plenty of complimentary delicious options everywhere you turn. Plus, discover even more ways to indulge at Coco Beach Club with elevated dishes like Bahamian lobster rolls, and grilled Caribbean grouper.

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This harborside dive will put you in an island state of mind in no time. Grab a drink, settle into a rope swing seat and snack on the house specialty — chicken wings and fries dipped into signature sauces like mango-habanero and Caribbean jerk.​

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At Skipper’s Grill, treat your tastebuds to all-you-can-eat favorites and your eyes to incredible harborside views. Burgers, dogs, sweets and more always hit the right spot in between island adventures. ​

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Take a break from catching rays and dig into lunchtime favorites served buffet style just steps away from the beach — from tacos with guac to barbecue chicken hot off the grill. It’s a cookout the Caribbean way.​

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Don’t let the name fool you. It may be small — but the Snack Shack goes big on crave-worthy eats. Enjoy quick-served bites like burgers dressed in our secret shack sauce, fried mozzarella sticks, fresh salads, funnel cake — and of course our famous chicken sandwich. ​

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Level up your lounge game — and your cravings — at Coco Beach Club® Restaurant, an exclusive retreat with an indulgent menu. Try beachside classics like the herb-marinated filet mignon or grilled Bahamian lobster perfectly paired with refreshing craft cocktails. And save room for Coco Beach Club’s decadent dessert, rum-soaked cake.

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Slice of Paradise℠ is the ultimate pizza haven just steps from the beach, featuring menu options with an island twist like the Bahamian-style Guava Barbecued Chicken or Veggie Feast. Pair your fresh-from-the-oven pizza with delicious drinks and the unmatched tropical views of Hideaway Beach — an adults-only beachfront paradise.


Choose your own ultimate beach day on a cruise to Perfect Day at CocoCay. Zen out at your choice of unforgettable places to unwind. Catch some rays along five stretches of powdery beach. Luxe the day away with an Overwater Cabana at Coco Beach Club®. Refuel at the swim-up bar in the largest freshwater pool in The Bahamas. This isn’t vacation days spent. This is bragging rights earned — at the island voted Best Private Destination by Travel Weekly readers for three years running.

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Most of the experiences at Perfect Day at CocoCay are complimentary, including plenty of free loungers and activities at five stretches of beach — not to mention five complimentary dining venues located throughout the island. Other attractions, like Thrill Waterpark®, Overwater Cabanas, the Zip Line, and Up, Up and Away helium balloon, are available for a charge.

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Coco Beach Club day passes and cabanas include an exclusive lunch at the island’s only gourmet restaurant — enjoy favorites like lobster and filet mignon.​

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Some cabanas come with extra perks, like the cabanas at Thrill Waterpark® , which include complimentary entry to all of the slides and activities inside for up to six guests.


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Ocean Cay (MSC’s Private Island): Complete Guide, Tips, & Things to Know

If you are taking a cruise in the United States aboard MSC, chances are high that you’ll be visiting Ocean Cay. This is the cruise line’s private island in the Bahamas that’s exclusive to guests of MSC.

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In other words, if you’ve ever wanted to spend a day on your own island, surrounded by the bluest water on the planet, this is your chance. It’s large, with seemingly miles of beaches and enough space to where you can get away from it all.

But if you thought that MSC simply bought an island and opened it up to passengers, that’s not the case at all. In total the company spent a reported $300 million into renovating Ocean Cay. What began years ago as a former industrial sand excavation site is now a completely new and revitalized island.

Those lucky enough to visit Ocean Cay are in for a special day (and possible overnight stay). If you are about to take a trip there, we’ve covered the spot from start to finish below, with everything you need to know.

  • Official Name: Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
  • Pronunciation: Ocean “Key”
  • Distance from Miami: 65 miles
  • Size: 150-200 acres (approximate)
  • Opened: December 2019

Ocean Cay Location

One of the defining features of Ocean Cay is its close location to Miami. As just 65 miles southeast from the Port of Miami, it has the advantage of being reached in just a few hours. In fact, the island is so close that ships sometimes dock overnight — giving passengers all day at the island… and then some — and still be able to reach Miami within a few hours.

Other major cruise ports (relatively) near Ocean Cay include Nassau, Key West, and Freeport. Don’t be surprised if one or more of these stops are also included on your cruise.

Ocean Cay Overview

As we’ve mentioned, the island is a private paradise for MSC passengers. But to simply call it that wouldn’t do the work that MSC has done justice.

Until a few years ago Ocean Cay was an industrial spot where sand was excavated for use in other places. The cruise line has since transformed it into what it is today, as well as an eco-friendly marine reserve.

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Of course, guests will be most interested in the beaches and water. Ocean Cay today has enormous stretches of white-sand beaches that wrap around the island. As part of the building process, MSC put in a protective island and reshaped the land to also create a calm lagoon so that swimming and water activities are possible no matter how rough the surrounding sea may be.

Perhaps the biggest draw to the island is the surrounding water. A rare color of electric blue, the waters of Ocean Cay are some of the most striking we’ve ever seen. One thing to note is that the winter months can see cooler water temps. So just because the weather is warm year-round doesn’t always mean the water will be as well.

The first thing you will notice on the island is the large lighthouse that’s the anchor of Lighthouse Bay, right near where the cruise ship docks. The lighthouse features a viewing platform, as well as a bar at its base. At night it transforms into a colorful video screen, accompanied by music and a lightshow.

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Around the entire island are a number of other things to do, see, and visit. This includes eight different beaches, shops, a spa, food trucks, a buffet, bars, cabanas, and even a wedding chapel.

One thing that you’ll definitely notice is the size of Ocean Cay. If you’ve been on other private cruise line islands like CocoCay or Great Stirrup Cay , you know they are sizable, but the area reserved for guests is smaller.

Ocean Cay has much more area for their guests. We would estimate that to walk an entire loop around the island, it would take you about 30 minutes at a brisk pace. Have trouble walking? There are beaches right near the cruise ship so you don’t have to venture far. There is also a free tram that drives guests all around the island.

However, one positive about having a larger island is that there is plenty of space for everyone. While some of the most popular beaches can get crowded at peak times, you can simply walk a few hundred feet and have a spot all to yourself.

Things to Do On the Island

As you would expect, most of the time you’ll spend on Ocean Cay revolves around the beach and the ocean. Blessed with both gorgeous sand and stunning clear water, you’ll want to get your fill of both.

Beaches & Swimming If you come to Ocean Cay and don’t spend any time on the beach, then you may as well stay on the ship. Beaches are all around the island, including Lighthouse Bay that is right near the cruise ship.

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The most popular area for swimming and lounging is South Beach. This beach wraps around and another small island (North Beach) creates a large lagoon. In between these two spots the water is always calm as it’s protected from the open ocean. That makes it ideal for swimming. South Beach is roughly a 10-minute walk from the ship.

Other beaches include Bimini Beach, Ocean House Beach, Sunset Beach, and more.

Cabanas Want to hang out on the beach in style? Rent a cabana. These cabanas are dotted all around the island. They are open-air, but provide much needed shade during the day. There’s also a couch, chairs, and loungers. Prices start at $280 for up to six people.

Lighthouse Show During the day the lighthouse on the island is the biggest landmark you’ll see. It can be seen from everywhere and you can even pay to climb to the top. But if you think it’s prominent during the day, wait until night.

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At night there are lighthouse shows. The entire building is covered in light panels and circled at top and bottom with bright spotlights. Set to music, the show features colorful graphics around the lighthouse, along with an amazing lightshow. It’s a can’t miss.

Snorkeling/Diving Of course with so much gorgeous water surrounding the island, it’s a great place to snorkel. Equipment is available for rent on the island, and you can either explore on your own or book and excursion that will take you to some of the best spots.

Are you a diver? If you have your certification then you can book a one or two-tank dive from the island.

Shops and buildings on Ocean Cay, MSC's private island

Shops Right as you walk ashore, you will enter Ocean Cay Village. Here you’ll find an information booth, excursion desk, Springer’s bar, and also shops. Whether you want to pick up some sunscreen that you forgot or want to buy some souvenirs, the shops here have you covered.

Kayak/Paddleboarding If you want to get on the water, there’s no better way than renting a kayak or a paddleboard. Both are available for about $40. You’ll have the ability to go explore the waters around the island, including a chance to see wildlife in the area, including sea turtles if you’re lucky.

Jet Ski Tours Adrenaline junkies will love that you can book a jet ski tour to explore the island and the surrounding area. There’s space for one driver and one passenger, and you’ll be in charge of driving. Never ridden a jet ski before? Don’t worry, they will cover everything you need to know to get started before the tour.

Stargazing One of the unique things about Ocean Cay is that MSC features extended days at the island, with the ship often departing at midnight. That means you can spend some time ashore during the evening and night.

And given the remoteness of the island, it’s a pretty good spot for stargazing. MSC offers a stargazing excursion, but you can also wander out to the darker spots and see constellations that you won’t notice in the city.

What to Eat/Drink on Ocean Cay

Hungry? A day in the sun and the water can build up an appetite. There’s plenty to eat on the island, and it’s included in your cruise fare.

The biggest spot to eat is Seakers Food Court. This is a buffet that features buffet staples like burger and dogs. Just don’t expect high-end dining. It’s just about in the center of the island, and right near South Beach. There is also bar service at the buffet if you are feeling thirsty. 

Apart from Seakers, there are multiple food trucks around the island. These spots (called Beach Shacks) are also free, but we’ve noticed some have paid options. With so many of them, you never have to walk far to get a bite to eat. They have a menu of hamburgers, dogs, and pasta salad for those who don’t eat meat.

As well, if you simply want to go back to the ship, the buffet onboard will also be serving food.

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Thirsty? Like the food trucks, there are multiple bars around Ocean Cay where you can get anything your heart desires. Especially popular are the beach drinks served in a souvenir pineapple cup. One good thing is that your drink package from the ship also works on Ocean Cay, so you can get drinks here just like on the ship.

Facilities on Ocean Cay

For your comfort, there are a number of facilities on the island for your use.

Several different restroom stations are dotted along the island, and feature handicapped accessible stalls. Each restroom also has water fountains for you to grab a drink (disposable plastic bottles are discouraged on the island).

Each restroom station also has showers alongside the outside wall where you can rinse off the salt and sand from your day at the beach.

Showers to use on Ocean Cay

As of our last visit, lockers were nowhere to be found. However, most people seemed to just put their stuff in or under a lounger and no one else messed with it. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does wi-fi work on Ocean Cay? Have an Internet package on the ship? The good news is that this service extends to Ocean Cay. So whether you want to check email, or post that selfie of you on the island to your Instagram, you can do it from the shore. You do need to connect to a different network, but if you paid for wi-fi for the cruise, you can use it on shore as well.

Do drink packages extend to Ocean Cay? Yes. One of the best perks about booking a drink package is that unlike most ports of call, you can use your package on the island just like you would on the ship. Since Ocean Cay is the cruise line’s private island, you can get your money’s worth from the package even while on land.

Are there towels available on the island? No. You will need to bring the beach towel supplied to you in your cabin or grab one from near the pool. Then you will need to bring this back with you when you go back the ship or drop it off near the exit of the island. There is a charge for any missing towels not turned in at the end of the cruise.

Do I need cash on the island? Mostly no. There are some shops that take U.S. dollars. Everything else, including bars and rental stations, you can use your room keycard just like you do on the ship.

Is there transportation around Ocean Cay? Yes. The island is large and walking all day around it is enough to wear anyone out. MSC offers carts hat goes to several spots around the island. The stops are large pavilions that offer some shade while you wait for your ride. Just hop on and hop off where you want.

Other Things to Know About Ocean Cay

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Shade is at a premium While Ocean Cay has transformed into an island paradise, it is still a work in progress. The cruise line planted thousands of trees, but they are still growing. As a result, many spots around the island are barren or only have some vegetation. That means natural shade is rare.

As for the beach, the thousands of loungers are free to use, but if you want an umbrella for shade, you’ll need to rent one for the day ($17 for the day)

Traffic can be bad on the island We’re only slightly joking when we say that traffic is bad. There are concrete walkways that weave around the island, but they are also used for the tram and for golf carts used by the staff.

The result is that pedestrians get pushed to the side or off the path to let these vehicles past. So when walking, watch your step and be mindful of these carts driving around. 

Ocean Cay strives to be eco-friendly MSC is making a big push to have Ocean Cay do right by the environment. That means some huge moves like cleaning up the former industrial site the island is built on, but also smaller things. For instance, plastic bottles aren’t on the island so you’ll need to bring a reusable bottle or get a glass for water at the bar.

As well, sunscreens should be safe for coral reefs (it’s sold on the island if you need some). There are also no paper maps of the island to cut down on the waste.

Price List for Ocean Cay

As mentioned, the island is free to enjoy, but there are plenty of extras that will cost money. The prices below for various items are from a recent trip and are subject to change.

Have more questions about visiting the Ocean Cay Marine Reserve? Let us know in the comments below.

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These go very quickly and are not assigned until you arrive. The Cabana and Deluxe cabana offer shade and comfortable seating. No bar service, no food service. Bring your own towels and snorkel gear for your own comfort. Try to get off the ship as early as possible as the shaded areas(Very limited) go fast. Umbrellas are available first come first serve. IF you have limited mobility and need wheelchair assistance to the beach there are beach wheel chairs, but they may be all over the island or already on the beach. I needed one and one was not available at the check out but was on the beach. We used one to get me in the water and to get me out. I am on crutches and scooter due to a broken ankle and it worked out for me just fine.

All of the cabanas were sold out on the MSC website. Are there other options for renting one once we get there ? I was very disappointed.

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When cruise pros dig a little deeper into The Bahamas’ 700+ islands, they find hidden gems like Half Moon Cay.​ This one’s a private island, and — smile! — you’re absolutely welcome here. Grab a Carnival cruise to Half Moon Cay and from your first toe in the sand you’ll understand why it’s anything but a typical destination. All the features and excitement aboard your Carnival cruise pause for a bit, opening up your vacation with a unique island experience.​ Cozy up and lounge with your personal someone-special in a clam-shell, a shady hideaway for two. Plus, if you’re looking for more private stretch-out space there are cabanas and villas to rent. And who can resist the siren’s call of an expert massage by the beach? You know, relaxing is encouraged at Half Moon Cay... but against this pristine backdrop there’s still so much to do! Play in turquoise seas, ride horseback on powdery white sand, or gently paddle a kayak through acres of protected lagoon, encountering silky-smooth stingrays and so much more. This island is a little off the typical cruise path but isn’t a complete mystery — Half Moon Cay was just named Best Private Island by Porthole Cruise Magazine ... for the 20th straight year!

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For the first time ever, we’re taking you to one of the Caribbean’s most exciting islands, Perfect Day at CocoCay. An award-winning private island destination that combines the best of beachside bliss and sun-soaked excitement. 

Whatever your speed, Perfect Day at CocoCay has so many ways to escape the everyday. Cool off with friends and family in the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool. Swim up to the bar for a refreshing tropical cocktail. Discover the ultimate in relaxation from the privacy of your Overwater Cabana. Get your adrenaline flowing on North America’s tallest waterslide. Share a selfie from a hot air balloon soaring 450 feet above the island. Whether you want to chill out or live it up, Perfect Day at CocoCay is the perfect place to do it all.

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Escape to the ultimate beachfront experience in paradise—just for adults. Kick your feet up to non-stop music spun by DJs. Swim right up to the Hideaway Bar℠, or visit any of the other four bars, for an expertly crafted cocktail or two. Satisfy your hunger with mouthwatering pizzas from Slice of Paradise℠ and delicious all-American favorites from Snack Shack. Take your relaxation to the next level in your exclusive pool at one of The Hideout Cabanas℠. There’s no better way to feel like a kid again—without the kids.


Swim, play, relax, repeat. That’s the only kind of to-do list you need at South Beach. Challenge family and friends to a game of beach volleyball. Shoot a few hoops where courtside meets seaside. Or if you’d rather hone your lounging skills, settle into the shade of your private cabana and chill the day away.


This exclusive hideaway has perfected the art of relaxation. Swim right up to the horizon in an infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Let a dedicated poolside attendant bring you your favorite tropical cocktail. Savor upscale dining from the clubhouse. And elevate your experience South Pacific-style by treating yourself to your own Overwater Cabana.


With crystal-clear water, soft sand, and soothing island vibes, this is the beach day you deserve. Reconnect with each other while you disconnect from the world in your own private cabana. Savor delicious BBQ just steps from the water’s edge at Chill Grill. And discover the best way to see the island on a guided Wave Jet tour.


There’s plenty of room to recharge at the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean. Explore its many different coves and find the one that perfectly matches your mood. Make a splash with your family at the kid-friendly sloping entry. Raise a tropical toast at the swim-up bar. Or take your pool day to the next level in your own private cabana. 


Ready for a rush? This is where you’ll find it. Whether it’s navigating the obstacles in Adventure Pool, riding the tide in the Caribbean’s biggest wave pool, or going down the tallest waterslide in North America, Thrill Waterpark® offers unforgettable experiences for everyone in the family.


See Perfect Day at CocoCay from a whole new point of view. Step aboard a helium balloon and soar up to 450 feet above the island. Try not to make your friends back home too jealous with all the pics you post from the highest vantage point in the Bahamas

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Why is Celebrity Cruises visiting Perfect Day at CocoCay?

Celebrity Cruises is forever inspired to provide travelers a better way to experience the world around them. Part of this effort means reimagining what cruising could be, from thoughtfully designed staterooms and venues that bring people together, to exciting new programming, world-class entertainment, a robust food and beverage program, and itineraries that take guests to bucket-list places. 

For the first time ever, Celebrity Cruises will bring guests to one of the Caribbean's most exclusive destinations, Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean's award-winning private island - a destination like no other in the Bahamas.

What is Perfect Day at CocoCay?

Perfect Day at CocoCay is a private island paradise in the Bahamas that’s entirely yours to explore during your day here. From the largest freshwater pool in the region to a swim-up bar, luxurious overwater cabanas, water slides, multiple dining options, and soft, white sand beaches, Perfect Day at CocoCay is a curated playground offering a day in the sun for every taste.

Watch a full virtual tour here  or browse and print the Wayfinding Map .   

What kind of activities will I find at Perfect Day at CocoCay?

Perfect Day at CocoCay is divided into neighborhoods, so it’s easy to choose the right setting for your mood—or to roam between each one.

Thrill-seekers should head straight to Thrill Waterpark and Splash Summit, a colorful cluster of 14 slides and watery activities. Plunge down the white-knuckle Daredevil’s Peak, the tallest slide in North America, at a dizzying 135 feet. 

Fly down the Twister on a two-person raft, or race friends down the four-lane Splash Speedway. Unwind in a beach chair, nestled on the shore of the vast wave pool in between rides.

The vast Oasis Lagoon has different coves and three swim-up islands, each one with its own atmosphere. You can relax in a beach chair at the water’s edge, or a private cabana in which to relax while your kids splash around at the shallow slope of the lagoon. Every detail has been thought of, right down to the underwater music you’ll hear if you dive down.

Coco Beach Club is a serene, premium space with a shimmering infinity pool, elevated dining in the Club House, its own powdery beach, with beach chairs and gorgeous private cabanas to rent, including an exclusive cluster right over the aquamarine water.

Chill Island is a blissful beach venue with luxurious day beds in Breezy Bay, where you’ll find private cabanas for rent, snorkel gear from the Snorkel Shack, and wave runners to play on.

South Beach offers a happy combination of action and relaxation. Head for beach volleyball, basketball, or simply soaking up the sun on a beach chair. 

Refuel at the Snack Shack, or head to one of the three bars, including the Floating Bar.

For the ultimate view of this paradise, take to the skies at Up, Up and Away, a helium balloon that gives you a bird’s-eye perspective from 450 feet up. Don’t forget your camera for this one; the views are out of this world. 

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Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

In a region renowned for tropical wonders, one island rises to the top—ours. We’re not the only ones enamored with our slice of paradise—Half Moon Cay is the highest-rated Bahamas private island. It has won Porthole Cruise Magazine’s Best Private Island award consecutively for 20 years. We’ve spent a quarter of a century perfecting the experience. When you feel the sugar-white sand on your toes or kayak its crystal lagoon, you’ll understand why cruise travelers love Half Moon Cay, a highlight of our Bahamas cruises.

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Some of the most popular things to do on our private island.

Paddle the crystal lagoon and learn about the island’s mangroves and rare birds.


Feed and touch gentle stingrays and other amazing sea creatures.


Hike to Half Moon Cay’s ridge for island views and chances to see flora and fauna.

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The island of your dreams.

True bucket-list excursions, secluded cabanas and a multi-level play structure for kids make Half Moon Cay ideal for any vacation. There’s plenty to eat and drink with multiple food pavilions and restaurants. Stay busy all day or luxuriate in tranquil solitude. It’s your day on your island.

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Welcome to Great Stirrup Cay, an idyllic private island paradise exclusive to Norwegian guests. Unwind on white-sand beaches and enjoy the many ways to explore paradise. Snorkel with sea turtles and colourful fish in warm turquoise waters. Peacefully glide along the coastline in a kayak, or soar high into the sky as you zipline across the island. Craft your own delicious taco at the complimentary Abaco Taco, whilst sipping on a refreshing drink. Do it all - or nothing at all - the choice is yours.

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On a Bahamas cruise, visit the dazzling port of Princess Cays, Princess’ Private Island Resort. Relax in a beachside sanctuary bungalow, ride on a banana boat or paddle through the turquoise waters on a kayak with friends and family. Experience this quintessential Bahamas port on most of our Caribbean cruise itineraries, and indulge in the best of both worlds as you sail on to explore other nearby destinations.

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6 Private Islands in the Bahamas for the Ultimate Tropical Escape

A-list or not, if you can fork up the cash, you too can have an island in the Bahamas to yourself.

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When it comes to paradise, it doesn't get more picture-perfect than the Bahamas . For vacationers, there's just one thing that can disrupt the fantasy land of swaying palms and teal seas: crowds. And the Bahamas does draw plenty of them — it's heaven on earth, but it's no hidden gem.

Of course, if you stay at a private island resort, the crowds become an instantaneous non-issue. And, surprisingly, you don't necessarily have to be an A-lister to do so. If you can pay for it, you too can enjoy the exclusivity of a private island . Here are six incredible private island resorts in the Bahamas that travelers can visit.

Kamalame Cay

Kamalame Cay is a 97-acre private island resort where only paying guests can stay. It's located on a serene and isolated barrier island along the coast of Andros Island. The world's third-largest Great Barrier Reef is just a mile away, so the ocean teems with wildlife, and accommodations vary from cozy beach bungalows to cottage suites and two- to four-bedroom villas. The resort is also home to the only overwater spa in the Bahamas. The only way to reach Kamalame Cay is to fly to Andros Island or take a helicopter or seaplane directly to the Cay. It doesn't get more beautiful than this, yet all you have to do to experience it is book a hotel room and plan your arrival.

Fowl Cay Resort is an all-inclusive resort with six villas spread across 50 acres — in other words, a little slice of heaven enjoyed by just a handful of lucky guests. One look at the cerulean water surrounding this tropical retreat in the Exumas and you'll understand the true definition of paradise. The only "civilization" to speak of beyond the villas is a gift shop, restaurant, and tennis court. If you somehow get tired of relaxing and snorkeling along the island, no worries: each villa at Fowl Cay comes with its own powerboat for you to explore the surrounding area.

Over Yonder Cay

There are just four stylish villas on Over Yonder Cay , but the luxurious island can sleep up to 30 guests, so it's the ideal spot for a family or team retreat — or the most epic of birthday parties. What was once a remote fishing outpost in the Exumas is now an eco-friendly escape powered by a renewable energy system including three wind turbines and a solar field. There's also a nine-hole golf course, tennis court, gym, spa cabana, and more.

Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay

Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay , owned by magician David Copperfield, encompasses 11 private islands with five guest houses. But there's no sleight of hand going on here — you really do have the place to yourself since Musha Cay is available for exclusive rental only. Atop the highest hill on the island sits the 10,000-square-foot Highview house, and the island's private chef will serve you and your 23 guests at one of the scenic dining venues or directly on a moonlit beach.

Little Whale Cay

Tucked away in the Berry Islands hides Little Whale Cay , a fully staffed private island you can rent. The secluded isle can accommodate up to 12 guests in its three villas and has its own airstrip, tennis court, yoga deck, and gym. The chef and masseur will keep you well fed and relaxed. You can also take advantage of the harbor's small fleet of watercraft and enjoy sailing, kayaking, and water skiing during your stay.

Royal Island

If you've watched The World's Most Amazing Vacation Rentals on Netflix, you may have heard of the 430-acre Royal Island . There are five bungalows and three additional suites to provide a private getaway for up to 18 guests. Beyond the stunning accommodations, there's a personal chef, excursions like Jet Skiing and deep-sea fishing adventures, and the opportunity to cruise around on the Royal Treatment boat before stopping for lunch on your own sandbar.

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Stretching over 100,000 square miles of sparkling ocean, the islands of The Bahamas are an ecological wonder, boasting the clearest water on earth with sunny skies and eclectic marine life. This area of the Atlantic is made up of 700 stunning islands and more than 2,000 breathtaking rocks and cays.

Explore the magnificent views of Nassau , Paradise Island, and the greater Bahamas from the top of Queen’s Staircase at Fort Fincastle or shop along Bay Street and Straw Market. Discover the underwater kingdom that is Athol Island. Better yet, every Bahamas cruise features Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve  – our exclusive private island, only available to MSC Cruises guests, with over 2 miles to spread out and relax, making it feel like your own private island.

You’ll enjoy a full day, or two , on Ocean Cay , where guests can soak up the Bahamian sun on one of our pristine beaches, rent a private and socially distance cabana , or book a spa treatment at our oceanside spa . Experience unique activities like Glow Paddle Boarding in our lagoon, or a sunset picnic on the beach while watching the sky paint unimaginable sunsets. The best part? With a dedicated pier , our island allows guests to come and go on the ship as please. Enjoy the daytime island activities, head back on board to freshen up and have a delicious dinner in one of our specialty restaurants and then exit back on to the island for evening entertainment, including a magnificent lighthouse show and beach fire pits.

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9 Cruise Line Private Islands and Where They Are Located

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  • November 13, 2020

Looking for a port less traveled? Perhaps one that won’t have six ships in port on the same day? Your best bet is to book an itinerary that stops at a cruise line private island.

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These private destination paradises offer the ultimate beach day with smaller crowds, no fights for a  beach lounger, and meals included in your cruise fare.

Below are nine cruise line private islands.

1. Castaway Cay

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  • Location: Private island in the Bahamas
  • Cruise Line: Disney Cruise Line
  • Dock or Tender: Dock

This private Bahamian island is owned by and operated exclusively by Disney Cruise Line. It opened in 1998 after a $25 million renovation of Gorda Cay, previously an airstrip for bootleggers and drug runners.

Designed with a “castaway” theme, the island features food service, shops, three separate beaches (including an adults-only option), water sports, shore excursions, and even its own 5K race. Guests are able to use their room keys to charge on the island, and Disney even offers onshore child care.

Castaway Cay was the first cruise line private island to skip the tender ride since Disney dredged the harbor and built a pier.

Before you leave, don’t forget to stop by the post office to mail a letter back home. The postmark is exclusive to the island and mentions Castaway Cay.

2. Half Moon Cay

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  • Cruise Lines: Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line
  • Dock or Tender: Tender

Officially owned by Holland America Line, this 2,400-acre island paradise is used primarily by Holland America and Carnival ships. The name Half Moon Cay comes from the island’s 2.5-mile-long crescent-shaped beach.

MORE: How To Maximize Your Stay at Half Moon Cay [Photos]

Half Moon Cay is a tender port, but many of the amenities and offerings make up for that inconvenience. Free BBQ for lunch, horseback riding on the beach, a kid’s water park area, and a chance to swim with stingrays are all on offer.

The island typically ranks second among private island destinations, only beaten by Castaway Cay.

3. Perfect Day at CocoCay

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  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Originally envisioned as a private island destination by Admiral Cruises in the late 1980s, CocoCay opened to Royal Caribbean passengers in 1990 after the line acquired Admiral.

While always a popular tender port in the Bahamas, a day at CocoCay became perfect after a $250 million rehab that included the addition of a water park, pier, multiple pools, and more.

Perfect Day at CocoCay, the awkward name the island assumed after the renovations, is on par with Castaway Cay as a cruise draw for families.

The Thrill Waterpark (book early) carries an extra admission charge but features 13 water slides, including the largest in North America and the largest wave pool in the Bahamas.

However, a water park ticket isn’t necessary to enjoy most of what the 140-acre island has to offer, including multiple beaches, a freshwater pool, and beach-side sports, including volleyball, basketball, and more.

There isn’t an adults-only area here, but the extra-charge Coco Beach Club, with an infinity pool and sit-down restaurant, is likely to attract fewer kids than the rest of the island.

4. Great Stirrup Cay

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  • Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises

The first private cruise line island destination, Great Stirrup Cay, opened to Norwegian Cruise Line guests in 1977. Once a hideout for pirates, Great Stirrup Cay is now a haven for sun-seekers thanks to its expansive beaches.

For those looking to be more active, parasailing, snorkeling, kayaking, and even driving a wave runner are all options here. Similar to other private islands, you’ll get an island BBQ and the ability to purchase frosty drinks while sitting in your complimentary lounge chair.

PHOTOS: First Look at Great Stirrup Cay’s Redevelopment

Kids will love this stop, as the island features the world’s largest inflatable water slide, the Hippo, which stands 40 feet high and 175 feet long .

In the early days of the island, cruisers were brought ashore by tenders that landed on the beach, Normandy Invasion-style, but as part of upgrades in 2017, Norwegian Cruise Line built a harbor with tender docks, making for a much smoother arrival experience.

5. Princess Cays

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  • Location: Private destination on Eleuthera
  • Cruise Lines: Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line

While not a stand-alone private island, Princess Cays rests on the southern tip of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, and most cruisers would never realize they’re on a larger strip of land. Owned, as the name suggests, by Princess Cruises, Princess Cays is also a destination for Carnival Cruise Line.

Home to the standard amenities – several beaches, including a private adults-only area, water sports, a pool for kids, multiple bars, and wildlife excursions, it’s easy and relaxing to spend a day here.

Check out the private cabana rentals for a bit of extra privacy and service. Princess Cays is a tender port, but the operation runs smoothly for the short ride from and to your ship.

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  • Location: Private destination in Haiti
  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean, Azamara Club Cruises

The second of Royal Caribbean Group’s private destinations, Labadee is located in a lush, green forest on the northern coast of Haiti.

Opened in 1986, Labadee has changed a bit since those days – including a $55 million upgrade in 2009. No tender is necessary here, even for Oasis-class ships, thanks to upgrades to the pier.

An all-you-can-eat BBQ lunch is included in your visit to this port. As for the rest of the day, this is the port where you’ll want to plan water activities – including snorkeling, jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, and more.

But, the island’s biggest claim to fame is the Dragon’s Breath Flight Line: The world’s longest zip-cable over water.

Further inland is the Dragon Coaster, a twisting and turning alpine slide. While it’s necessary to leave the secured, private area to access these attractions, you’re well looked after by Royal Caribbean staff.

7. Harvest Caye

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  • Location: Private Island in Belize
  • Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Oceania Cruises

Harvest Caye welcomed its first guests in late 2016. Located just a mile off the coast of Belize, this private island offers Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings passengers a seven-acre beach, a 15,000 square-foot swimming pool, poolside cabanas, water activities in the private lagoon, shopping, and dining.

There are a number of nature and wildlife-focused activities on the island, making this a great stop for nature lovers.

At the saltwater lagoon, kayaking and paddleboarding will keep you busy for the afternoon. Belize’s Great Barrier Reef surrounding the island makes for a first-class snorkeling and coral viewing experience.

If you want to explore further into Belize, an excursion to the Mayan archeological site of Nim Li Punit is the perfect opportunity.

8. Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

  • Cruise Line: MSC Cruises

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve welcomed its first guests in December 2019. Located in the Bahamas, the private island destination is a stop on most of MSC Cruises’ Caribbean itineraries.

Built as an industrial island and used primarily as an industrial scrapyard and sand excavation site in the 1960s and 1970s, MSC purchased the island in 2015 and has invested $200 million in creating a tropical paradise.

MORE: 15 Tips for Visiting Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

The island offers an environmentally-focused experience, with the waters surrounding the cay serving as a protected space for coral and marine life to flourish.

Cruisers can enjoy eight beaches, a spa, nighttime Junkanoo parades and light shows, a zip line from the picturesque lighthouse, multiple bars, and several dining experiences — including food trucks. The island’s shade canopy is still growing , so be sure to pack your sunscreen when going ashore.

9. The Beach Club at Bimini

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  • Location: Private destination on Bimini in the Bahamas
  • Cruise Line: Virgin Voyages
  • Dock or Tender: Dock, with a “short transfer” to The Beach Club

The Beach Club at Bimini has been developed in conjunction with Resorts World Bimini.

Previously set to debut when Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady made her inaugural sailing to the Bahamas in 2021, The Beach Club actually opened to other cruise ships before Virgin Voyages arrived. This is because Scarlet Lady was redeployed to the UK and debuted in the summer of 2021 there instead of from Miami.

Currently, other cruise passengers have been able to take excursions to The Beach Club, including those from Carnival. It is not known whether other lines will still be able to use the facilities once Virgin Voyages begins sailing in the Bahamas or if other lines will even continue to visit Bimini.

We do know that when a Virgin Voyages ship is in port, those passengers will have exclusive use of the facilities. On days when a ship is not scheduled to call, Resorts World guests will be able to access the club.

The Club promises sailors an adults-only beach, scuba diving, snorkeling, dolphin swims, and a hip, DJ-driven pool party that will be the place to see and be seen.

Each evening (at least on days when Virgin passengers are using it), a beachfront bonfire will cap off the ship’s visit to the port on the Bahamian island of Bimini.

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Sun Princess features an updated layout, delicious new restaurants and plenty of spaces to be entertained.

Sun Princess Review

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Key Takeaways

  • Sun Princess' fresher, more modern design may appeal to a younger crowd than the line normally caters to.
  • Incredible dining options abound, including The Catch by Rudi and the new Spellbound dinner and magic show.
  • New Cabana Mini-Suites feature indoor-outdoor cabana areas and spacious balconies.

As a travel writer who cruises with all the major lines, I was excited to travel through the Mediterranean on the new Sun Princess cruise ship in May 2024. I traveled with my mother to celebrate her 76th birthday shortly after the new ship's February debut in Rome . The itinerary we sailed was a unique, one-way offering that departed from Athens, Greece , with visits to ports like Bar, Montenegro; Corfu, Greece; and Messina and Naples, Italy .

A true marvel of modern engineering and ship architecture, Sun Princess boasts a maximum guest capacity of 4,300 and room for 1,600 crew. The Sphere-Class vessel is 1,133 feet long and 200 feet high, with a breadth of 139 feet and 21 total decks. There are 2,157 staterooms, including 80 unique suites with extra space for guests.

Standout features include a three-floor main dining area, the Princess Arena with capacity for 990 guests and a 250-person entertainment space known as The Dome. Read on to learn everything there is to know about the Sun Princess cruise ship, including my own take on the dining and entertainment options available to cruisers.

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While Sun Princess is scheduled to cruise the Mediterranean through September 2024, the ship will cross the Atlantic on its way to Fort Lauderdale, Florida , by October for the winter cruise season.

From this new homeport, Sun Princess will offer seven-day Caribbean cruises with the stops in Honduras, Belize , Mexico, the Bahamas , the Dominican Republic, and Turks & Caicos through March 2025.

Sun Princess will then embark on a 14-day Spanish Passage voyage in March 2025, which ends in Barcelona, Spain , and repositions the ship for its summer in the Mediterranean. At that point, cruisers can book a range of lengthy Mediterranean options over various dates, which include stops in Turkey, Greece, Montenegro, Italy, France, Spain and more.

Who should sail on Sun Princess?

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While most people may think of Princess Cruises as a cruise line for baby boomers, Sun Princess aims to attract a younger, livelier crowd. This is immediately apparent when walking around the ship's common areas; Sun Princess boasts bold color schemes, endless windows, sparkling lights and a more modern central piazza than other Princess ships.

While my Mediterranean sailing largely consisted of adult travelers, Sun Princess will likely attract more families on its Caribbean itineraries. The ship's layout is ideal for parents with children of all ages, and amenities geared specifically toward kids abound. It all starts with the ship's Park19 family area, which features a huge climbing structure, a splash zone, a recreational court, a jogging court and more. Sun Princess also has three dedicated youth clubs: Firefly Park Kids Club (ages 3 to 7, with a separate play area for babies and toddlers 6 months and older), Neon Grove Tweens Club (ages 8 to 12) and The Underground Teen Lounge (ages 13 to 17).

What's interesting about Sun Princess is that it still has so much to offer more mature travelers, including couples who want to enjoy a romantic, upscale vacation. This is shown in the ship's elevated dining venues, expansive casino and luxurious spa. Sun Princess also offers the Sanctuary Collection of rooms and suites, which offer more amenities and spaces to relax on the ship.

Travelers who book a room in the Sanctuary Collection get their pick of a nicer selection of rooms, a premium beverage package, access to a private restaurant and pool deck and a more personalized experience overall. Think of the Sanctuary Collection suites as an alternative to MSC Cruises Yacht Club cabins – the biggest difference being that the venues available to cruisers in these cabins are spread throughout the ship.

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I stayed in one of the new Cabana Mini-Suites on the Sun Princess, which I would book again in a heartbeat. These rooms are a take on the classic balcony cabin most cruisers expect, but with a twist. In addition to an outdoor balcony, Cabana Mini-Suites have a separate indoor-outdoor cabana-like area with a flat-screen television.

This extra space means the new Cabana Mini-Suites are much longer from one end to the other than a traditional balcony stateroom. The additional space is nice to have whether you want more room for storage or a separate place to read or relax while your cabinmate naps. My mom sat in our cabana area and read several times while I showered and got ready for dinner, and she even took a nap out there while I worked on my computer in our stateroom.

Regardless of the stateroom you book, know that Sun Princess cabins feature soft, neutral tones and plenty of closet space. Power outlets are abundant, and there are all kinds of nooks and crannies for storage. Cabin types on Sun Princess include the following:

Interior Cabins (136 to 145 square feet)

Basic interior rooms offer a queen bed or two small twin beds, a flat-panel television, a refrigerator, and a private bathroom with a shower. These are the most affordable cabins on the ship, and they work best for guests who just want a place to relax and sleep.

Premium Oceanview (212 square feet)

Ocean-view cabins have slightly more space than interior rooms, but they still lack a balcony. These rooms feature a queen bed or two twin configurations, a large flat-screen television, a refrigerator, and more floor and storage space.

Deluxe Balcony (235 square feet, including balcony)

Balcony cabins offer more space than ocean-view rooms due to the addition of a spacious balcony with outdoor seating. Balcony cabins can also come in a queen bed or two twin configuration and have a large flat-screen television, a refrigerator, and more floor and storage space.

Mini-Suite (303 square feet, including balcony)

Mini-Suites are essentially large balcony cabins with more storage space, more closet space and more floor space. These rooms have all the amenities of other cabins but include two flat-screen televisions (one for the bedroom area and another for couch viewing).

Cabana Mini-Suite (329 square feet, including balcony and cabana)

The Cabana Mini-Suite on the Sun Princess.

These rooms add the indoor-outdoor space of the cabana adjacent to the outdoor balcony. The cabana area has seating for several people and its own flat-screen television (in addition to the in-room TV).

Signature Suites (304 to 636 square feet, including balcony)

Signature Suites range in size and include larger balconies with premium furniture, two flat-screen televisions, a more spacious bathroom with a separate tub and shower, and dedicated sleeping and living areas.

Signature Sky Suites (1,262 square feet, including balcony)

Princess Cruises Signature Sky Suites are the largest staterooms across all Princess vessels, and they have all the bells and whistles you can imagine. Standout features of Sky Suites include separate living and dining areas; huge, luxurious bathrooms; and Nespresso coffee machines.

(Note: Sanctuary Collection rooms are dotted throughout the ship and consist of balcony-, mini-suite- and suite-category accommodations.)

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Best amenities on Sun Princess

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Since my itinerary on the Sun Princess cruise ship included multiple port stops, I didn't get to experience everything the ship had to offer. However, what I did experience was worth it – from the nonstop entertainment in the piazza to over-the-top dining features. Some of my standout experiences include:

Part dinner and part magic show, Spellbound by Magic Castle is bookable for an additional charge. The experience begins with a small group dinner with drink pairings, then moves to a hidden bar area of the ship, where the magic begins. The bar itself features magical artifacts and vintage curiosities, a "ghost" pianist, and an incredible drink menu designed to wow and delight guests. Some drinks were served in cages, golden owls and elaborate chests with dry ice.

Magic came in the form of intriguing card tricks and disappearing acts at the bar, plus a separate stage area where crowd participation helped facilitate the illusions. I don't want to give anything more than that away – you must simply experience it for yourself. Though I thought Spellbound was slightly cheesy at times, I thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and show and feel it was worth the added cost.

The Dome on the Sun Princess is part pool area and part stage. Guests can swim in a unique indoor-outdoor pool by day and watch entertainers dance in the evening, with alluring lighting effects and a cozy, intimate atmosphere.

I watched an acrobatics show in The Dome from the comfort of a padded lounge chair and thought the venue was the place to be.

Princess Arena 

The Princess Arena is a circular stage area that holds up to 990 guests. Shows on offer include multifaceted stage productions and acrobatic features with plenty of surprises.

Fitness center

The Sun Princess' fitness center was huge and featured a range of treadmills, stair climbers, weights and machines to choose from. I never had trouble securing a treadmill at any time, even though I've had to wait and fight crowds for machines on other cruise ships.

I also loved the expansive walking track on the ship, which was constantly in use by both serious exercisers and cruisers walking leisurely to enjoy the views. I used the walking track every morning for at least an hour; I found it much more spacious and usable than other ship walking tracks, which are often congested and never quite wide enough.

The ship also features a Fitness Studio with guided classes, but I did not use it during my trip.

Sun Princess features five large pools and nine hot tubs. There are two pools on the lido deck, plus an indoor-outdoor pool in The Dome, a Sanctuary pool (for Sanctuary Collection guests only) and a wake-view infinity pool.

Medallion services

Princess MedallionClass is one of the coolest and most convenient amenities at sea. In place of a traditional cruise card, Princess gives you a small wearable device to bring with you around the ship and on shore. The medallion tracks your physical location on the ship, which allows you to order services and deliveries on board no matter where you are. Medallion delivery options range from food and drinks to extra pillows or bottled water.

I ordered room service through my medallion multiple times and hot, fresh food arrived in my cabin in less than 20 minutes. Meanwhile, drinks were delivered to our cabin and elsewhere on the ship in less than five minutes.


Princess' Wi-Fi at sea (MedallionNet) is the fastest internet service I have ever used on a cruise ship. The internet was fast and reliable enough for me to complete some work while on board, which is not the norm on cruise ships.

Best dining venues Sun Princess

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Sun Princess features 30 dining and bar options, many of which are included in the base cruise fare. Complimentary dining venues on Sun Princess include three traditional dining rooms, The Eatery (a take on the classic buffet, but with staff service), a café for coffee and light bites, The Lido (serving up salads, pizza and more) and the Promenade Dining grill.

Specialty dining options for an extra charge range from O'Malley's Irish Pub to a sushi spot to steak, seafood and Italian restaurants. For an extra special experience, head to Love by Britto to indulge in fine dining, or opt for Umai hot pot or teppanyaki venues. Meanwhile, bars on Sun Princess include Bellini's Cocktail Bar, Sea View Bar, The MIX and more.

My personal favorite dining experiences included:

My Spellbound dinner was excellent, even though the menu is fairly brief. I enjoyed a delicious shrimp cocktail and seafood entree, followed by a vegan dessert (I'm allergic to dairy and the ship happily accommodated). What stood out for me with Spellbound, at least food-wise, was the eclectic selection of drink pairings offered with the meal. It started with a caprese salad cocktail that tasted like tomatoes and balsamic vinegar in a strange, delicious way, then moved on to the spooky concoctions offered in the Spellbound bar.

Crown Grill

Crown Grill, a specialty dining venue, is not unique to Sun Princess, but it is the cruise line's most popular steakhouse brand. My mom and I had a delicious meal here for her birthday that included a Mediterranean-style spiny lobster cake, Chilean sea bass and a huge (surprise) birthday cake delivered to our table.

The Catch by Rudi

The Catch by Rudi is the ship's specialty dining seafood restaurant. Here, I dined on a delicious shrimp cocktail and the catch of the day (a grilled dorado filet). Everything was fresh and the meal was exceptional from start to finish.

I loved The Eatery, the ship's buffet-style dining option. The main difference between this venue and more traditional cruise ship buffets is that you're served by staff instead of serving yourself, which I prefer. The Eatery featured a rotating selection of exceptional main courses (seafood, chicken, beef and ethnic options), salads, appetizers and delicious desserts. It even had a vegan section and an easy-to-find selection of gluten-free offerings.

Best excursions on Sun Princess

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The best excursions on Sun Princess vary depending on where you're going on your cruise – the Caribbean or various Europe destinations. Here's an overview of some excellent excursions offered aboard Sun Princess, a few of which I did myself.

Corfu, Greece 

Catamaran Coastal Cruise & Swim: This easy excursion lets you see Corfu from the sea and get out into the water for some snorkeling and swimming. I picked this excursion so we could relax for one day and avoid a lot of walking, and it delivered. A delicious lunch with an open bar was served on board as we sailed around the island taking in some of Corfu's most beautiful sights.

Naples, Italy

Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Cruise: No trip to this region of Italy is complete without a stop in the Amalfi Coast . This excursion was a long one (eight to nine hours) with lots of walking and bus time, but the views of this dynamic coast and time spent in Amalfi and Sorrento made the travel time well worth it.

Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos

Island Vibes & Beach Swim: This relatively short excursion includes a narrated bus trip throughout the island of Grand Turk, highlighting some of the island's top sights. A beach break at picturesque Governor's Beach is included.

Princess Cays, Bahamas

Princess Cays Coastal Cruise: Princess Cruises' private island offers a range of bookable activities, from banana boat rides to snorkeling tours. This coastal cruise is another option that takes you along the shores of Eleuthera in a 40-foot Reef Princess boat.

Overall impressions of Sun Princess

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If you're considering a cruise on Sun Princess, you should know that this isn't your traditional Princess ship. The look and feel of this vessel are younger and livelier compared to other Princess ships I have sailed on. Gone are the hallways filled with cruisers knitting and playing cards; in their place, you'll find dancing, entertainment, music and activities around the clock.

When it comes to Sun Princess dining, every meal I had on board was either very good or excellent. You don't even have to opt for an extra-cost specialty dining venue to get a good meal. The Eatery and the regular dining rooms feature fresh, seasonal foods that are more than enough for the average palate to enjoy.

Caribbean itineraries on offer later this year (and into 2025) start at around $660 per person for an interior cabin, and Princess features an endless roster of sales throughout the year. If you're looking for a new cruising experience and want to give Princess a try (or another chance), Sun Princess is more than worthy of your consideration.

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Video shows Carnival Freedom on fire, again. Two upcoming cruises were canceled. Here's what to know

The Carnival Freedom 's next two sailings have been canceled after the cruise ship, based out of Florida, caught fire . Again.

Carnival initially said there were no expected changes in its schedule but on Sunday afternoon announced cancellations of the Monday and Friday cruises out of Port Canaveral, which come during a busy spring break period.

"Regrettably, the damage is more than we first thought, and will require an immediate repair to stabilize the funnel, resulting in the cancellation of the March 25 and March 29 cruises from Port Canaveral," according to a statement issued by Matt Lupoli, Carnival Cruise Line's senior manager of public relations. "The funnel has been stabilized for the ship’s return to Port Canaveral overnight to disembark guests, and then it will go to the Freeport shipyard on Monday afternoon to begin the required repairs."

This is the second time in less than two years this cruise ship's funnel has caught on fire and disrupted the schedule.

Carnival cruise fire: Carnival Freedom's next two cruises from Port Canaveral canceled after exhaust funnel fire

When did the Carnival Freedom catch on fire?

The fire broke out on the port side of the ship's exhaust funnel area at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday, Carnival said.

The ship was 20 miles off Eleuthera Island, Bahamas. It was intended to call on the Carnival private island of Princess Cay but had rerouted toward Freeport due to adverse weather.

"The ship’s fire response team was quickly activated, and the ship’s captain also turned the vessel towards the heavy rain in the area to maximize the efforts to put out the flames," an earlier Carnival statement said. The fire was put out by 5:20 p.m., the cruise line said.

Why did the Carnival Freedom cruise ship catch fire?

Unknown at this time.

"Eyewitnesses reported the possibility of a lightning strike, and that is being investigated," Carnival said, "but cannot yet be confirmed."

Was anyone hurt in the Carnival Freedom fire?

The cruise line said there were no reports of passenger injuries, although two firefighting crew members were treated for minor smoke inhalation and part of the funnel fell onto Deck 10, according to Carnival.

There were about 3.700 passengers aboard.

Which Carnival Freedom cruises have been canceled?

While initially the cruise line said the schedule would not be affected, further investigation found more damage than suspected. Scheduled cruises for Monday, March 25 and Friday, March 29 have been canceled.

Can I get a refund for my canceled Carnival Freedom cruise?

"We sincerely regret the impact to our embarking guests, as we know they have been looking forward to their spring break vacation<' Carnival Cruises said in a statement. "We are providing all guests on both canceled cruises a full refund and a 100% future cruise credit, so they can come back and enjoy a future cruise with us. We also greatly appreciate the terrific guests who are currently sailing with us, for their outstanding cooperation and support."

Where is Port Canaveral?

Port Canaveral, Florida is located on a barrier island between the Banana River and the Atlantic Ocean just north of Cape Canaveral. The port is 54 miles from Orlando and 75 miles from Daytona Beach.

What is the funnel on a cruise ship?

A cruise ship exhaust funnel works as a smokestack to lift emissions away from the deck and from passengers and crew. They're often called stacks.

The Carnival Freedom debuted a new stylized winged funnel in October last year after a 16-day dry-dock refurbishment in Cadiz, Spain. Carnival cruise funnels are referred to as the whale tail.

Has the Carnival Freedom cruise ship caught on fire before?

A fire broke out in the funnel area in May 2022 while it was docked in Grand Turk. Three scheduled sailings were canceled while the ship was repaired at a shipyard in Grand Bahama.

The ship was carrying about 2,500 passengers at the time and a crew of about 1,100, according to the cruise line. There were no injuries reported.

Which cruise ship caught fire?

The  Carnival Freedom  caught on fire on Saturday, March 23.

The 110,000-ton vessel made its inaugural sail in 2007.  The Freedom, which has 13 decks, can hold up to 3,754 passengers and 1,150 crew members. 

Has a Carnival cruise ship ever sank?

No. But one has been shipwrecked.

On Jan. 13, 2012, the Costa Concordia struck a reef and capsized off the Tuscan island of Giglio. The ship, which was owned by a Carnival Corporation subsidiary, when the captain steered the 952-foot, 13-deck ship close to the shore to "impress the passengers" and tore a 160-foot gash in the port hull.

Captain Francesco Schettino was found guilty of manslaughter in 2015 and sentenced to 16 years in prison for the deaths of 32 passengers and crewmembers.

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Royal Caribbean's Utopia of the Seas departs the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France on Sunday, June 23, 2024 on its way for a July 11 arrival in Port Canaveral. (Courtesy/Bernard Biger/Royal Caribbean)

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The second largest cruise ship in the world left the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France on Sunday and will arrive in Florida on July 11.

“The ship is coming straight to Port Canaveral from the shipyard so I think the first time we’ve had a ship come into the port, at least since I’ve been here,  that’s brand new straight from the yard,” said Port Canaveral CEO Capt. John Murray during the port commission meeting Wednesday. “So we’re really excited.”

The port has welcomed ships in their first year of service before, but usually after they make their debuts sailing Europe. The port is planning a community celebration for the ship’s arrival letting the public into Jetty Park to wave as it sails in along with a naming ceremony before the ship’s first revenue sailing on July 19.

“Royal Caribbean selected us for that honor of having the ship first, so we’re really excited and we want to do a good job with it,” Murray said.

Port Canaveral chalks up record month amid growing cruise demand

The new ship that will be taking over the short, three- and four-night Bahamas sailings from Royal’s Allure of the Seas, and Murray said that should continue to add to what has been a record-breaking revenue year for the port.

For the fiscal year that began in October 2023 running eight months through May 2024, the port has seen 622 ship calls with more than 5.1 million passengers, driving the port’s operating revenue so far to more than $128 million, which is nearly $3 million over budget.

“We’ll have to see how that evolves as Utopia comes on,” Murray said. “When that ship is up and running at full capacity it should really drive these numbers.”

Part of that is the notion the ship is being marketed as a destination along with its primary stop of Royal Caribbean’s private island Little Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas, which has been renamed Perfect Day at CocoCay.

The sixth Oasis-class vessel, Utopia is only bested in size by this year’s Icon of the Seas, the first of a new larger class of vessels for the line that began sailing out of Miami in January. A sister ship to Icon, Star of the Seas, is headed for Port Canaveral when it debuts in 2025.

Utopia, though, is the first Oasis-class ship to use liquefied natural gas (LNG), a cleaner burning fuel that is part of the cruise industry’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Port Canaveral was the first port in North America to provide LNG power to cruise ships when Carnival’s Mardi Gras debuted in 2021. Disney’s Wish and the forthcoming Disney Treasure are LNG-powered as well.

With Utopia sailing year-round, it continues Royal’s strategy of parking two Oasis-class ships at the port as Wonder of the Seas will continue seven-night sailing as well.

Utopia of the Seas is slightly larger than Wonder of the Seas coming in at 236,860 gross tons and 1,188 feet long with 18 decks and a 5,668-passenger capacity based on double occupancy. Original ship in the class Oasis of the Seas was the largest in the world when it debuted in 2009 followed by 2010’s Allure of the Seas, 2016’s Harmony of the Seas, 2018’s Symphony of the Seas and 2022’s Wonder of the Seas.

All but Symphony have spent some time calling Port Canaveral home.

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Unique to the ship will be a themed restaurant venue called Royal Railway – Utopia Station that brings travelers on board a virtual train, a new bar called the Pesky Parrot and the longest version of the popular twisting dry slide, the Ultimate Abyss.

It has eight neighborhoods including the Boardwalk, Royal Promenade and Central Park with more than 20 dining options and more than a dozen bars and lounges.

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Entertainment options feature three new original shows among its three main venues, the AquaTheater, ice skating rink and main stage in the Royal Theater.

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